Book Review: The Beach at Painter*s Cove by Shelley Noble

Title:  The Beach at Painter's Cove
Author: Shelley Noble
Publisher: William Morrow, imprint of HarperCollins
Release Date:  June 13, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

From the New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach comes another heartwarming story of four generations of women who reunite in their crumbling family mansion by the sea for a dramatic summer filled with love, family, secrets and sisterhood.

The Whitaker family’s Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at The Muses.

Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion crammed with artwork and junk. She plans to stay there until she joins her husband Wes on the knoll overlooking the cove and meadow where they first met. Her sister-in-law Fae, the town eccentric, is desperate to keep a secret she has been hiding for years.

Jillian, is a jet setting actress, down on her luck, and has run out of men to support her. She thinks selling The Muses will make life easier for her mother, Leo, and Fae by moving them into assisted living. The sale will also bring her the funds to get herself back on top.

Issy, Jillian’s daughter, has a successful life as a museum exhibit designer that takes her around the world. But the Muses and her grandmother are the only family she’s known and when her sister leaves her own children with Leo, Issy knows she has to step in to help.

Steph, is only twelve-years-old and desperately needs someone to fire her imagination and bring her out of her shell. What she begins to discover at the Muses could change the course of her future. 

As Issy martials the family together to restore the mansion and catalogue the massive art collection, a surprising thing happens. Despite storms and moonlight dancing, diva attacks and cat fights, trips to the beach and flights of fancy, these four generations of erratic, dramatic women may just find a way to save the Muses and reunite their family.

There is strength when a story brings you to understand and see the growth in the characters.  Shelley Noble's latest release, The Beach at Painter's Cove does just that. This book and I had a rocky start. Not that it wasn't well written, but it was the characters. I did not like them at all (not including the well grounded siblings, Ben and Chloe). None of the Whitaker family members made sense - more like the ones that just captures your attention (in a good way) kind. Nope. Yet, I kept reading. And when you see these character grow, that's when it makes this story so much more than expected. Granted, it was 417 pages, which is somewhat on the hefty side, but when you turn the last page, you'll think it's worth it.  The Beach at Painter's Cove is about family, dysfunctional as a whole, as well as individually, but when you see how years and years of dysfunctionality find its way to unwind the tension, the secrets, and the questions, it's exactly why this little saga illuminates the boundary of this book. Yep, if you like to read about character development, family issues or a story that takes a life on its own, you'll want to read, The Beach at Painter's Cove, even during the parts that drag a bit.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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SHELLEY NOBLE is the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author of the women's fiction novel BEACH COLORS, a #1 Nook bestseller, STARGAZEY POINT three novellas, Holidays at Crescent Cove, Stargazey Nights, BREAKWATER BAY and WHISPER BEACH.

As SHELLEY FREYDONT she is the author of the CELEBRATION BAY FESTIVAL MYSTERIES (Berkley Prime Crime) as well and two other mystery series, and the upcoming Gilded Age Newport Mystery series. Her mysteries have been translated into ten languages.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley lives near the New Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and vintage carousels.

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